Parker's Lloyd doubles his all-state honors
Harold Lloyd has been at the front of the line for a long time in Janesville Parker High School football.
So that’s nothing new.
What’s new is the fact that Lloyd, a 6-4, 270-pound senior tackle, is the first Janesville player to be named first-team all-state on offense and defense by The Associated Press since 1979.
“I’m really thrilled for Harold because it’s something he certainly deserves,’’ Parker coach Joe Dye said of an accomplishment last achieved in Janesville by Craig’s Mike Liebenstein as an offensive and defensive end.
Lloyd worked his way up to that honor as a three-year starting lineman on Parker teams that went 20-10, including a 9-0 regular season as a junior. He was a first-team All-Big Eight selection as a junior and senior, the conference Offensive Lineman of the Year last season and the league’s Lineman of the Year both ways this season.
Taking the ultimate step up from last year’s AP second-team all-state offensive honor typifies Lloyd’s high school career, Dye said.
“The best thing about Harold is that he always continued to improve,” Dye said. “He got better and better through his three-year career.’’
Walworth Big Foot, coming off a 10-1 season and its first championship since 1975, has seen similar development in its star lineman, Travis Frederick. That has earned AP second-team honors for the 6-5, 305-pound junior, already a two-time Lineman of the Year in the Rock Valley Conference.
Tyler Uschan, Janesville Craig’s spectacular receiver, also joins the select group in gaining AP All-State honorable mention. That tops off a season in which the 6-2, 210-pound senior set school records with 52 receptions for 725 yards, including 13 catches for 299 yards in a game.
And the big numbers are the result of widespread talent, Craig coach Bill O’Leary said.
“Tyler’s got all the tools necessary,” O’Leary said after Uschan moved up from second to first team in the coaches’ All-Big Eight selections. “He’s got a lot of speed, he runs good patterns and has great hands.’’
In making the all-state selections, a panel of sports writers saw the same things in Lloyd that coaches pinpointed many times.
“The people who know the game spot that ability right away,’’ Dye said of opposing coaches. “They try account for that kind of a player and go away from him, and that’s what we saw with Harold.’’
Lloyd’s awesome blocking ability might have been this first thing to catch people’s attention. This year, while helping Parker’s 6-4 team average 196 yards on the ground, he also was an equal force on defense, finishing with 38 solos among his 70 tackles and five quarterback sacks.
“He clearly had his best year on defense and still remained an effective drive blocker,’’ Dye said of Lloyd’s two-way contributions.
Lloyd’s greatest contributions, however, might have been the intangibles.
“The sign of a good player is not only playing at that level, but prompting his teammates to bring out their best,’’ Dye said. “And that’s the guy Harold was for us.
“He’s the total package, with academics to go along with football,” Dye said. “And through his work ethic, preparation and performance in a game, he truly was a person who led by example for us.’’
And it has led to numerous college possibilities for Lloyd. They include Harvard and Army, Dye said.
“He’s listening to everybody right now, as far as the recruiting process is concerned,’’ Dye said. “It’s still early, and he’s trying to sort things out. But as strong as he is academically, he’ll be able to do that.’’
Meanwhile, Dye and the Vikings can reflect on what they’re losing.
“We might be losing one player in Harold, but it’s much more than that, as far as ability and leadership,” Dye said. “I can’t say enough about the impact he has had on our program.’’
Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig says the same about Frederick, also a high honor student, who already has made major contributions in the Chiefs’ rise to a high level.
“He’s the whole package—an intelligent player with great athletic ability and good quickness for his size,’’ Wedig said. “He’s also a kid who just wants to keep getting better, and we saw a lot of that this year.
“We moved him around a lot more this year and worked on more pulling (of the offensive linemen), and he really responded. He played a huge role in our success.
“We wound up with 2,800 yards rushing by committee, and guys ran behind Travis, even though other teams knew it was coming. We were seeing all kinds of things with people trying to offset what he can do, but he just kept doing it.’’
Just the way Lloyd did it at Parker for three years.